Synopsis: Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn, and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.
Review: Fans that felt ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ was a retread of ‘A New Hope’ will not be able to make the same claims about ‘Tha Last Jedi’, but the give away is indeed in the title of the film, but that said many of the fan theories will be debunked by this movie while a whole set of new ones will be birthed.
The film begins with the resistance on the run from Snoke and the first order and they are running for a vast majority of the film.
The movie is pretty dark with moments of levity thrown in. But tonally it’s about the same as ‘Empire Strikes Back’ was but is by no means an imitation of that film. In fact, it is a whole new original story that picks up the threads left by ‘The Force Awakens’ and takes things in a new direction.
The star performance in this film easily comes from Mark Hamill as a very much defeated and cynical Luke Skywalker that has lost all faith and hope in the force. When Rey goes to Luke. She doesn’t get the warm and playful greeting that Luke got from Yoda when he visited Dagobah. She pretty much gets shunned for quite awhile. Daisy Ridley does a respectable job of Rey’s scenes with Luke, which are all pretty heavy going.
Carrie Fisher puts in a great last performance, which proves quite poignant given that this was her last film. Most of Leia’s scenes involve Poe Dameron, but we do get to see a couple of brief reunions between Leia and a number of other characters.
John Boyega is great once again as Finn who has most of his moments with newcomer Rose Tico who is played brilliantly by Kelly Marie Tran. Rose is a brilliant addition to the Star Wars franchise and a strong character that fans are very likely to fall very much in love with.
The film’s core is the battle between dark and light and finding that balance. Much of this is played out in a brilliant scene between Kylo Ren, Rey, and Snoke, but this scene is very earned by all three actors as we treated to some brilliant build-up work by Rian Johnson’s masterful direction. Adam Driver is brilliant as Kylo Ren as you are never really quite sure which way the character is going to go.
The effects work is absolutely brilliant and one of the movie’s highlights is a scene where Chewie pilots the Millenium Falcon through some really, really tight spaces in order to draw some Tie Fighters away.
Obviously, I’m trying to make this review as spoiler-free as possible so as not to spoil the entertainment of those who haven’t seen it yet. But most will agree that this movie belongs to Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in terms of what it does to elevate their characters within the story.
In closing. I’ll say this much. J.J. Abrams really has his work cut out on the last of these films. If he is looking to top this.
- CGI & Models10
- Incidental Music10